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The Writer's Almanac

The Writer's Almanac®

with Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor recounts the historical highlights of each day and reads a short poem or two.

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Today's Show

Wednesday's Poem: "The Day Nothing Happened" by Jeffrey Harrison from Into Daylight. Wednesday's Literary Notes: In 1791 Vermont became a state. It was the 14th state to join the Union -- the first aside from the original 13 colonies. It's the second-least populated state in the nation, and only five states are smaller in land area. Of all the 50 states, it has the very lowest Gross State Product. But it also has one of the best unemployment rates in the nation. In the past decade, it's been ranked first as the most healthful place to live -- more times than any other state. It has an eccentric political history. It was an independent nation, the Vermont Republic, for 14 years (1777–1791). It had its own money, sovereign government, and a constitution that explicitly forbade slavery -- almost a century before the United States did. It also required government taxes to support public schools. Read more...

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